I had a feeling the day after Easter that kids in my preschool class would be hyper from the excitement of Easter and jacked up on sugar.... So I planned an active class for Monday. As they say, if you can't beat them, join them! Brought some plastic Easter Eggs and some dried beans to my Preschool class. The kids filled the eggs with the beans to make musical egg shakers. We shook them as fast as we could, then we practiced shaking them one time, two times, three times, four times, five times. Then we had fun with Laurie Berkner's I Know a Chicken song. We stood in chicken pose (wings out, strutting like a chicken), and then laid our magical shaker eggs. Then we shook along with the song. BIG HIT! I love using props like this in class. We had a lot of fun, and they were able to practice fine motor skills, gross motor skills, and rhythm. Once they were able to get out all that energy, we transitioned to some breathing and quieter poses on the floor.
You can buy fancy egg shakers, but I like having the kids make their own. They seem to enjoy it and it is cheaper!
Kid made shaker
Fancier egg shakers for purchase